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October 14, 2015
Showcase Your Work: Science and Society at IPFW
On November 14 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. IPFW will present Science and Society at IPFW (SASI), a one-day event when students and faculty can share their research, creative endeavors, and teaching with the campus, northeast Indiana, and northwest Ohio. Participants will be invited to explain the scientific impact they believe their work has on society. The entire campus community is welcome to attend.
The planning committee is seeking faculty, students, departments, Centers of Excellence, programs, and colleges as partners in this event. If you are willing to open your lab, provide a classroom demonstration, or present a poster to highlight your work, fill out this form. The registration deadline is November 4.
SASI will take place in conjunction with Admission's Fall Campus Visit Day. Admissions anticipates 400-- 600 students and their families for this event. This is a great opportunity to share your work and showcase our research, teaching, and creative endeavors. For more information, visit the SASI website or contact Ryan Yoder at or one of the executive committee members listed on the website.
2016 Premiums and Medical Plans Approved
Purdue University faculty and staff will have no increases in medical plan premiums in 2016, and Human Resources once again credits better healthcare consumerism as the reason. In addition to keeping premiums unchanged, Purdue will offer enhanced versions of the same three medical plan options with Anthem next year without changes in deductible or coinsurance. Changes include autism coverage, bariatric surgery, out-of-pocket maximums, preventive dental, prescription drug coverage, and vision coverage. Read the details [PDF]
Open enrollment is October 26-- November 13. Watch for benefit plan presentation dates in next week's Inside IPFW. Open sessions will be offered in the Banner room in Kettler Hall for those who need assistance with online enrollment.
New Food Services and Catering Survey
As Aramark has been in operation for a few weeks, the initial survey will be replaced with a suggestions or comments survey in myIPFW effective October 16. 

The initial survey provided feedback on renovation and food services. Changes such as more signage and reduced prices on some items have already been made and will continue to be adjusted. Future changes based on feedback from the initial survey include:
  • Availability of trays
  • More locations for eating utensils
  • Refill cups/policy
  • Additional check-out line in Walb
  • Addressing communication issues with catering orders
Please use the new suggestions/comments survey in myIPFW to share your experiences, positive or negative, starting October 16. Click the My Home tab look in the Surveys section.
Check Out the Library Refresh
You've heard about the upcoming Helmke Library Refresh. Now the project plans are here! Check out the latest update to find out what's being renovated, how it will look, and what you can look forward to in 2017.
Reimagine Imaging
Discover Professor of Electrical Engineering Elizabeth Thompson's research into magnetic imaging of the brain----and how her work could change the way we treat epilepsy forever. Watch the video

Take Your Best Shot to Protect Yourself from Cancer
Tuesday, October 20
Walb Union Ballroom
Film: Someone You Love: The HPV Epidemic, 4:30-- 6 p.m.
Panel discussion: 6:15--6:45 p.m.
HPV vaccinations for females and males 11-- 26: 6:45-- 8 p.m.

The human papilloma virus (HPV) affects at least 80% of people in their lifetime. Learn about cancer prevention and watch a movie that follows five women on their heart-wrenching journey through cervical cancer caused by HPV, which is common in college-age people.

HPV vaccinations will be available following the film and panel discussion. The vaccine is free for IPFW students and $15 for others. Bring your medical insurance card and Mastodon Card. For more information, call 260-481-5748.
Defend Your Health with a Free Flu Shot
A four-strain flu vaccine will be offered to IPFW faculty, staff, retirees, and their spouses/partners at no charge this fall. Bring your Mastodon card and medical insurance card. The vaccine is $30 for all others, checks payable to IPFW. Financial support from IPSGA and Purdue University helps cover the cost of vaccine for 300 IPFW students and all faculty, staff, retirees, and their spouses. Download the flier [PDF]
  • October 14, 9 a.m.--3 p.m., Walb Union, Room 114
  • October 22, 2--7 p.m., Walb Union, Room 222
  • October 28, 9 a.m.--3 p.m., ETCS, Room 131
  • November 3, 3-- 7 p.m., Kettler Hall, Room 154

Choose healthy habits such as hand washing, nutritious meals, fitness, tobacco cessation, stress care, and getting enough sleep, which all help prevent influenza and other diseases. For more information, contact the Center for Healthy Living: Campus Clinic and Wellness Programs at 481-5748 or go to the clinic website.

Hike the Haunted Candyland Trail
Bring your family and friends to campus Wednesday, October 28, at 5 p.m. for the third annual Halloween Howl 2-Mile and 1-Mile costume walk/run through the new Haunted Candyland Trail. The family friendly event includes a costume contest, and  all participants will receive a medal upon completion. The event is part of the 2015 FallFest.

Check-in starts at 5 p.m., judging starts at 5:45, and the walk/run begins at 6. Proceeds will benefit the Brown Ink Society Scholarship Fund, which helps students who are facing financial emergencies that would disrupt their studies at IPFW. For more information or to register for the walk/run, view the flier [PDF] or visit the FallFest website.
Streamlined Process for New Student Orientation
Spring 2016 New Student Orientation (NSO) will be required for students transferring fewer than 29 credit hours. The change will streamline fall and spring semester NSO processes and continue to promote student success and campus engagement.

Students will follow a two-step process:
  1. Upon notification of admittance, students will contact their academic advisor to register for courses
  2. Students will attend their required NSO January 8, 2016, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., where they will be welcomed to campus, hear about student success resources, learn about university expectations, and meet with peers and college/school personnel
Questions? Contact Krissy Creager, assistant vice chancellor for student success and transitions, at or 481-6140, or visit the NSO website.
Discuss Your Finances with a TIAA-CREF Consultant
Individual TIAA-CREF counseling sessions will be offered on two dates this semester at no cost to you:
  • Thursday, October 15, 9 a.m.-- 4 p.m., Kettler Hall, Room G06A
  • Thursday, December 3, 9 a.m.-- 4 p.m., Kettler Hall, Room G06A
A TIAA-CREF financial consultant can help you pursue your financial goals by investing in financial products such as mutual funds, brokerage, life insurance, and annuities. Space is limited, so please register at the website as soon as you can or call 800-732-8353. Download the flier [PDF]
Learn the Benefits of CrossFit----On Campus
Athletics is working with the University Police to bring "Introduction to CrossFit," a series of 11 classes to introduce you to the benefits of CrossFit, beginning October 16. The classes are free to IPFW students, faculty, and staff (with Athletics Center membership) or $5 per class for guests.

The classes will be led by Officer Dave Herbst, a level 1 CrossFit instructor. Class size is limited to 15; a sign-up sheet will be available at the Athletics Center front desk. Everyone must check in before class with an IPFW ID Card in the weight room area, where the classes will be held. Guests must leave a photo ID at the front desk during the class. Shower and locker rooms are located on the ground floor. Download the schedule [PDF]

Photo of the Week
Faculty and staff visit the press box at Lucas Oil Stadium during the third annual IPFW Fall Tour, October 11--13. View large photo or view more photos from the tour Photo by Jim Whitcraft
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